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Lymph Vessels of Neck
Lymphoid System

Lymph Vessels of Neck

Vasa lymphatica cervicis

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Description

Lymph from the head is gathered in the lymph vessels located around the face, tongue, parotid glands, and temporal and occipital regions of the scalp.

From these vessels, lymph flows inferiorly to the group of deep cervical collecting lymph vessels of the neck, which in turn drain to the left and right jugular lymph trunks, proximal to the junctions of the internal jugular vein with the subclavian vein on each side of the body.

Lymph from the right jugular trunk drains into the right lymphatic trunk, which opens into the venous system at the junction of the right internal jugular vein with the right subclavian vein. Lymph from the left jugular trunk drains into the thoracic duct, which opens into the venous system at the junction of the left internal jugular vein with the left subclavian vein.

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